|Scooped by Christopher Resetar|
In my classroom I would like students to enter with an attitude that is conducive to learning and that encourages them to be prepared class. This link has strategies for orientating space in order to make students feel comfortable and safe something that I think is crucial to student's outlooks on learning. Under the first tab, tips for getting started, there are several suggestions that encourage the teacher to allow students to get involved. Throughout the semester we have learned how making decisions makes children more resilient as they are forced to think critically about what rules will work and how there decisions would effect them. In my ideal classroom I have areas were students could read freely as well as areas were students could write in journals to reflect on how they feel about the text.
Another norm that I would like to establish in my classroom is for the students to try something new on a regular basis (in other words, be flexible). Therefore some of the suggestions under the second tab would perfect. Using bookshelves to separate different books and areas would encourage students to select a new book topic or a new way to figure out the problems that they face in class. Also, this links the last norm in that children have decisions to make about what types of books they want to read and in what ways they have problems. In my ideal classroom, I would rotate different genres books every couple of weeks as well as change the different learning areas as well.
While this link covers many parts of my plan including several of the norms I would like to establish and the spaces I would like to create, I need to look for a source that talks about classroom routines more in depth because this source does not. My preliminary ideas about classroom routines would be that students should have some choice in the learning center they would go to as I know that it often does not take one day to finish a book or to write a journal. But at the same time I know students need to diversify their experience therefore routines are what I will look for next in my classroom climate plan.